Universal Human Rights Month

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. The Declaration arose directly from the experience of the Second World War and represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are entitled. In 1966, the General Assembly adopted the detailed covenants which complete the International Bill of Human Rights; and in 1976, the bill took on the force of international law.

Also: Stress Management Month


1st - World Aids Day - is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.

1st - Chanukah* (Jewish) - an eight-day holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The festival is observed by the kindling of the lights of the nine-branched Menorah.

7th - Al-Hijra (Muslim) – First day of the Islamic New Year celebrated on the first day of Muharram. It is the day when Mohammed began his migration from Mecca to Medina in Islamic Year 1.

10th - Human Rights Day (United Nations) – marks the anniversary of the presentation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


21st - Winter Solstice (International) - For most people in the Northern Hemisphere, this is known as the shortest day and the sun's daily maximum position in the sky is farthest from the earth.

25th - Christmas (Christian, Roman Catholic, International) – an annual holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

26th - Jan 1st - Kwanzaa (African-American) –a African American festival, celebrated by millions of people around the world, is a week-long celebration honoring African heritage and culture.

*Begins at Sunset

UAB Special Events

December - Human Rights Month Resources: Mervyn H. Sterne Library, blog post(s), reading list,


What Will You Do Next?
Visit the following websites for a listing of local events:

Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center

Hill University Center

UAB International Scholar and Student Services Calendars and Activities

Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau

Birmingham Museum of Art

Birmingham Public Library

McWane Center

Birmingham Arts and Events

Eventful (Birmingham Metro Area Events)

Upcoming Events and Things to Do